I told you again about the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) here the other day.
They are one of nine federal contractors receiving millions of your tax dollars annually, AND they were a lead organization suing the Trump Administration over the travel ban.
Raising private money is a good thing, but….
Why should we be required to pay for more than half of their budget for their pet projects (including working to encourage more migrants to cross the US border) as outlined by their President and CEO in an appeal for funds today:
Let them raise all of their funding from private donations!
Ask your members of Congress and US Senators over the upcoming break why you should have to pay one dime for their political activities! ($24.5 million of your tax dollars in 2016 alone!)
Because I’ve been telling you in advance about the pow-wow in Brussels yesterday about the migrant invasion of Europe and what the EU will do about it, I’m compelled to give you an update of the disappointing results.
They talked and talked, indeed they talked all night, and came up with what the NY Times even says is a ‘deal’ with “sketchy” details.
The UK Express says it all in its headline:
EU Summit FUDGE: Merkel STILL not safe as vague immigration deal DOESN’T solve issues
EU leaders struggled to overcome deep divisions on migration at a tense EU summit that dragged into the early hours of this morning before producing a fudged agreement, which vaguely pledged to strengthen external borders and explore new migrant centres.
The meeting in Brussels, dominated by a nine-hour working dinner, underscored how Europe’s 2015 migrant crisis continues to haunt the crisis-hit bloc.
It took place in an atmosphere of political crisis for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is under intense political pressure at home, and a new eurosceptic Italian government threatening to torpedo any deal that did not meet its demands.
A bleary-eyed Mrs Merkel, speaking to reporters at 4am, tried to put a positive spin on the result, saying it was a good signal that leaders had been able to agree a common text on the controversial migration issue.
(See the text here, below are a few snips.)
The leaders agreed to set up joint asylum processing sites and restrict migrant movement within the bloc, but they made clear that virtually all of their pledges would be carried out on a “voluntary basis” by member states.
This means countries can opt in or out of the agreement and it was unclear which countries would volunteer to host the centres.
So, a country could set up a detention center if it wants to in order to gather together all of the migrants (from across Europe!) and sort them out. Sure, that is going to happen!
And, oh boy, send more money to Turkey and Africa to prevent migration. WTH! (Erdogan must be laughing his head off!).
The Express continues….
In a final statement full of convoluted language, leaders also agreed to tighten their external border and increase financing for Turkey, Morocco and other North African states to prevent migration to Europe.
Diplomats described a tense and tortured meeting with small groups of leaders huddled together in a desperate bid to break the deadlock and avert the humiliation of heading home without having produced an agreement.
Geez, I think they should be humiliated by the agreement they will bring home!
The New York Times tells us (regarding the issue of sorting out the migrants in a mythical detention center between legitimate asylum seekers and economic migrants) that the EU doesn’t even have any criteria for determining legitimate asylum seekers/refugees.
Inside Europe, the proposed centers would house migrants until they are screened, with the idea of deciding their fate more efficiently and sending back those who do not qualify as refugees. But no country has so far volunteered to host such a center. (LOL! So will they detain the children with their parents?)
One potential hurdle for the deal is the fact that the European Union has no uniform rules or procedures for asylum, making it unclear what rules would be applied in a screening center, whether inside or outside Europe.
But setting up any such center would be a significant change from the current system, under which migrants must be screened in the European country where they first arrive and are registered.
A voice of common sense….
In Brussels, the Hungarian prime minister, Victor Orban, was characteristically harsh.
“I think the people really request two things: First is, no more migrants in,” he said. The second, he said, would be the deportation of those who are already in Europe but do not qualify as refugees.
So true! And, Donald Trump should follow Orban’s prescription for our borders as well! NOW!
Some snips from the “convoluted language”:
Ships operating in the Mediterranean must respect laws and Libyan Coast Guard, or what? No penalties?
Send money to Africa so that in 45 years it will be a good place for people to live. But, in 45 years Europe will be Africa!
Gibberish! Just gibberish about throwing money at the problem!
Go here for more of this nonsense!
See my complete ‘Invasion of Europe’ archive by clicking here.
At another time in history, it would have been clear to all that the continent was being invaded and colonized, why can’t they see it now?
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A 28-year-old “man” has been arrested in a violent kidnapping case, luckily the woman fought back and escaped.
Ann Coulter once said that the way news stories are written about crime cases involving migrants and refugees one needs a “secret decoder ring” to figure out what nationality the alleged attacker is and what might be his or her immigration status.
Reader Linda sent me the story from Spokane and this morning I had a few minutes to search news stories about the arrest of Atif Ado.
After reading a couple of stories, I’m concluding that he is most likely a refugee.
The last name Ado is a common surname in Niger, but we don’t generally take refugees from Niger. According to the US State Department’s data base, Wrapsnet, Spokane welcomed (in the last ten years) 344 refugees from the DR Congo, 117 from Eritrea, 149 from Somali and 192 from Sudan.
Before I tell you more, here is one of several local news stories about the attack.
This one gives us our first real clue! I’d like to know though if there are any curious reporters out there willing to find out exactly how the alleged kidnapper got in to the US.
SPOKANE, Wash. – A woman managed to fight off an attacker on the TJ Meenach bridge shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday morning.
The man accused of attacking her, 28-year-old Atif Ado, appeared in court Monday morning. A judge set his bond at $100,000. Ado also had a translator to translate the proceedings into Arabic.
The interpreter is shown over Ado’s left shoulder in the photo. Be sure to watch the video that accompanies the KXLY story.
Ado is accused of attacking that woman near the bridge and attempting to pull her into a secluded area where they couldn’t be seen.
According to court documents, that woman says a man yelled to her near the bridge that he needed help with his car. She said she could not assist him and kept walking.
But, as she tried to take a shortcut home through some trees, the victim says her attacker grabbed her and pointed a bb gun at her head.
“In this particular instance, this guy had very realistic replica firearm in his pocket,” said Spokane Police Department Public Information Officer John O’Brien. “Who’s to know what is and what isn’t a real gun?”
Court documents say the victim struggled with her attacker as she tried to climb a hill to escape. As she called 911, the attacker pulled her back down the hill where she fought him off once again, this time getting out for good.
“I’m glad this woman was able to get away, fighting back and get away from that situation,” O’Brien said.
Ado is scheduled to make his next court appearance on July 3 at 9:30.
Okay, so we know he needed an Arabic translator.
BTW, if you didn’t know, Arabic is the number one language spoken by refugees admitted to the US.
Arabic is also the number one language spoken in the Sudan and is a working language in Eritrea and Somalia, but not a recognized language in the DR Congo (he also doesn’t have the broad features of the Congolese). So we can do some speculating narrowing down his nationality.
For critics who don’t like me speculating about his immigration status or nationality, all I can say is that we are entitled to know which immigration program admitted this man or if he is here illegally.
And, if you don’t want the word “refugee” further sullied, you should join me in demanding that the public is fully informed of immigration status by the police and the media, or otherwise we will assume, based on the evidence we can find, that he is a refugee (who wasn’t thoroughly screened!).
Note to local Spokane reporters….
Check out World Relief Spokane, the primary federally-funded resettlement agency there. See if they will admit that he is one of theirs.
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The Trump Administration has been an unrelenting 17 month assault against America’s values as a nation welcoming of immigrants and refugees.
(Mark Hetfield, CEO of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)
You all know what happened in the Supreme Court yesterday. In a nutshell, the court affirmed that the President of the US has the power to limit immigration.
However, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society one of the primary groups that sued the Administration from day one about the so-called Muslim ban isn’t giving up and is urging its followers to participate in anti-Trump rallies coordinated by Linda Sarsour’s group MPower!
Sure, they should have free speech, but not on the taxpayer’s dime!
The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) is one of nine federal contractors that the feds pay to place refugees in your towns and cities and it has been my contention that federal refugee contractors should be constrained, maybe not by law, but they should at least use good judgement and refrain from virulent name-calling and public protests against those who pay their salaries—us!
Of course Congress could cut them off the federal gravy train!
Here is what Mark Hetfield, CEO of HIAS, said in an e-mail alert to followers yesterday:
(Since that is a screenshot above, the links are not hot.)
I wanted to know who was organizing the rallies.
It is MPower Change—Muslim Grassroots Movement headed by Linda Sarsour!
Here is their rally schedule, most were yesterday. Did you even see any where you live?
And this is Mark Hetfield’s comment on the decision:
“The Muslim Ban is not simply an exercise in executive authority, it’s the Trump Administration’s official license to discriminate on the basis of religion and nationality.
HIAS is disappointed in the Supreme Court’s affirmation of these policies of religious discrimination, fear and tribalism, which have permeated nearly every aspect of America’s tradition of welcome. From the crackdown on people legally seeking asylum to the dramatic diminishment of the life-saving refugee resettlement program, the Trump Administration has been an unrelenting 17 month assault against America’s values as a nation welcoming of immigrants and refugees.
“As one of the first organizations to challenge the refugee and Muslim bans in court last year, HIAS will continue to work with local partners and the Jewish community to uphold the legacy of what America can and should be as a country.
Together, we will continue fighting to ensure that this period is merely another short, dark chapter temporarily interrupting America’s history as a nation that accepts people without judging them by faith or national origin. HIAS and the American Jewish community have seen such discrimination trap members of our own community, and we will not stand by silently as it happens to others.”
The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society would be a mere shell of its former self if its federal funding dried up.
From HIAS 2016 Form 990:
It is maddening to consider that we pay a large portion of these salaries! (Not as bad as Southwest Key or the International Rescue Committee, but still outrageous considering this bunch below are in-your-face political agitators working with Islamic supremacists like Sarsour!).
Go here to see if HIAS is placing refugees where you live.
As I mentioned the other day, the issue of the border crossing kids is one I discussed back in the Obama days rather extensively, but the ‘children,’ the mostly unaccompanied teenage boys crossing our borders, are not refugees and so the issue isn’t at the top of my radar screen right now.
And, the subject is ably covered by so many others.
That said, I do get some pleasure out of demonstrating that Leftwing do-gooders, whose hearts bleed for the children, also happen to be raking in big government bucks from you—the US taxpayer—for their good works.
Reader Mary alerted me to the huge taxpayer-funded salary its President and CEO Juan Sanchez is pulling down. CNN says it is now at $1.5 million.
I find it amusing that now that Trump is in office these outrageous taxpayer supported NGO salaries are suddenly newsworthy.
David Miliband (CEO of another federal contractor—-The International Rescue Committee) is a piker at $671,749.
The most recent Form 990 I could find (tax year ending in August 2016) for Southwest Key Programs is this one from Obama’s time in office—clearly the Obama ORR was shelling out big bucks to care for detained children.
Almost completely government funded….
And, here is the salaries page….
Go here for all of my posts on the UACs. Some of our usual refugee contractors are also on this gravy train.
What else is new!
I’ve been following this issue for over ten years and I have never seen the UNHCR report anything but doom and gloom—more people than ever (every year!) need to be resettled in a better country than the one they left. Nothing changes while the US taxpayer foots most of the bill!***
And, heck, we haven’t yet reached the “migrant apocalypse” stage yet.
I’m putting this out in case any of you want to read what the UN has to say about the “widening gap” in its latest report, this time for 2019.
Here is a bit of their press report:
UNHCR Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2019
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today warned of a widening gap between the number of refugees in need of resettlement and the places made available by governments around the world.
In its Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2019 report tabled at its annual forum on the subject in Geneva, UNHCR said the number of refugees who need a solution in third countries had grown to a projected 1.4 million in 2019, while the number of resettlement places globally had dropped to just 75,000 in 2017. On these figures, it would take 18 years for the world’s most vulnerable refugees to be resettled.
Increasing opportunities for refugees to move to third countries is a key objective in the new comprehensive approach to refugee situations agreed to by 193 UN Member States in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in September 2016, and a central plank of a new global compact on refugees to come before the UNGA by the end of 2018. [That September 2016 meeting was Obama’s doings.—ed]
When they say “move to third countries,” that means the migrants have removed themselves from where they say they were being persecuted and (presumably) have filed for asylum in the country on the map below.
Share responsibility for global displacement? Because they can’t govern themselves, because they are always fighting among themselves for religious or tribal reasons, it becomes our responsibility?
“Resettlement is not only a critical lifeline for some of the most vulnerable people on the planet, it’s also a tangible way governments and communities can better share responsibility for the global displacement crisis. We urgently need more countries to enter the ranks of resettlement states and for those already on board to find ways to increase their programmes,” Grandi said.
And, from the report, just to give you an idea is a screenshot of Africa and the Middle East (there are maps for other regions of the world.). Those red circles indicate the numbers of people who are displaced (seeking asylum) and looking for resettlement to the first world.
(Note: these people are of varying nationalities and have moved themselves in to the location where we see them on the map.)
*** Top five donors to the UNHCR last year. Check out the Top Ten. We give more than the next seven countries combined!
We don’t really need the UNHCR! We could choose to spend our money where and how we wish to take care of those real refugees that we decide are the most deserving.
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